The Two-Dollar-Bill Problem

Do you remember when the $2 bill was reissued? My grandmother thought they were a big deal. In fact, I still have the one she gave me for my birthday, complete with a postage stamp and cancellation code showing it was one of the first run.

A lot of businesses wondered what to do with it. The drawers in the cash register were designed to hold bills in denominations of $1, $5, $10, and $20. Where would the $2 bill go? For whatever reason, the $2 bill did not become ubiquitous so it was never a problem. Now people just hide them under the tray with the coupons and the Benjamins.

Some WordPress users face a variation of this problem. A friend called me to ask, “I created some subpages on my site, but they don’t show up in the menus at the top. How do I turn that on?”

I replied, “You can’t.” The theme he chose was never coded to support subpages. It doesn’t have the “slots” necessary to display that information from the site database.

There are two ways to fix this.

  1. Change your theme. Find and install another one that supports multiple levels of menus. Be careful, some only take one or two levels. If you aren’t sure, test it before you commit.
  2. Modify the existing theme. This requires some coding skills, and few people are equipped to try that. Depending on the theme and what is involved, it could take a couple of hours. If you choose this route, be prepared to pay a pro.

The lesson to be learned: Don’t fall in love with a theme, free or otherwise, before you know whether it will handle a $2 bill.

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2 Responses to “The Two-Dollar-Bill Problem”
  1. Charlie says:

    This is good information, Todd.
    When did you say those wordpress classes are are, again?

  2. Todd,

    It’s so funny you talk about not falling in love with a theme. When I decided to move my first blog from blogger to wordpress, I choose a theme I thought ‘looked cool’. A few months later I realized it didn’t support the functionality I was looking for so I picked a new theme and am much happier with it.

    I personally think the $2 bill should make a resurgence, they just look cool for some reason.

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